George Henry Chadman
Departed on May 6, 2021, in Melbourne, Florida
George Henry Chadman was born April 29, 1941 in Lamartine, a small village in Pennsylvania. He grew up working on farms and graduated from Keystone High School. He continued his education at Penn State where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He began his career as a plant manager, designing and bringing new plants online. After a successful time in this field, he decided on a change of pace, hopped in his VW van with his dog Dragon, and drove to Miami Beach where he bought and operated a boat rental business at the Carillon hotel in the early 70s. He then worked as an Industrial Engineering Manager and later became a stock broker in Miami Beach.
He married Mary Vendetti in 1974, and moved to Melbourne, FL in 1978. There he opened, owned and operated the American Barter Exchange in Palm Bay. After that endeavor, he joined McDonnell Douglas in Titusville where he worked again as an Industrial Engineering manager for the Tomahawk cruise missile program for 13 years, while he earned his MBA in Aviation from Embry Riddle University. When the Titusville plant closed he was transferred to corporate headquarters in St. Louis where he served as a financial analyst until he took early retirement at age 56, and moved back to Florida to be closer to his children where he joined Northrop Grumman until he retired at age 62.
Over the years he bought and managed several rental houses. He enjoyed skiing, running, fishing, reading, socializing with the Trailblazers club, and doing research on his stock portfolio. He is survived by his three sons Christopher, Nicholas, and Jonathan Chadman, who live in Palm Bay; grandchildren Brittany, Makayla, and Donovan Chadman; and great granddaughter Hayden Hoaglund.
His Melbourne, Florida calling hours will be Wednesday, May 12, from 4-6 pm with a 5 pm service at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901.
His Knox Pennsylvania service and burial will be Saturday, May 15, from 10-11 am, at William N. Rupert Mortuary, 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox, PA 16232. Tel: 1-814-797-1233